There is an incredible phrase in Acts 9. God is talking to Ananias- the good one… not the liar from Acts 5. God is explaining to Ananias about the conversion of Saul of Tarsus from persecutor to proclaimer. God is telling Ananias to care and mentor this murderous Pharisee. And while he’s giving Ananias instructions on where to find Saul of Tarsus, God says something that strikes me smack in the heart. God says to Ananias, "He is praying to me right now."
This phrase always hits for a very simple reason: I need to pray more. I don’t immerse myself in prayer enough. I don’t respond in prayer to Jesus’ light and voice nearly as much as I should. If I was in Saul’s shoes… I’m not sure that God would have been able to say, "he is praying to me right now." I think God might have told Ananias, "Go over to Straight Street, to the house of Judas. When you arrive, ask for Ken of Parksville. He is playing video games right now." Or maybe, "He is eating potato chips right now and watching golf." Or, "He is starting another unfinishable project." Or, "He is picking his nose."
A Jesus follower responds to Jesus in prayer. I love the fact that immediately after this overwhelming encounter with the risen Lord, Saul immerses himself in prayer to Jesus. It must have gripped Ananias to see this threatening man bowed to the knee in humble prayer… waiting for the Lord to give the next direction.
I think this is how I want to live my life. Wouldn’t it be cool if God was always able to say… "Hey you know Ken over there… He’s praying to me right now."